Monday, March 16, 2009

DVD Review: Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure

Title: Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure
(One of the Max Lucado Hermie and Friends DVD Series)
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Running time: 60 minutes including bonus features

When Skeeter the mosquito hears that the great Sir Sinclair M. Skeeto is coming to town, he’s less than thrilled. For Sir Sinclair M. is Skeeter’s talented and famous older brother — the brother that Skeeter knows their dad loved best because of his straight stinger and great sense of direction. Skeeter, on the other hand, has a zig-zag stinger which won’t go straight no matter what he does. He also gets lost a lot.

However, when Sir Sinclair shows up it turns out Skeeter is the only one who can help him on his current quest. As they work together they make some life-changing discoveries in this newest DVD in the Max Lucado Hermie and Friends series Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure.

This wise and imaginative Max Lucado story translates into a fun movie. The colors are gorgeous, the animation smooth, and the lovable characters come to life through the voices of John O’Hurley, Tim Conway, Rob Pottorf, and Melissa Disney. The quick-moving action, humorous dialogue, and lively music will have your kids – toddlers to elementary age – asking to see it again and again. Even adults can benefit from repeated hearings of God’s message about the value of uniqueness to these little creatures: “It doesn’t matter what others think of you. It only matters what I think of you. And I think you’re just right.”

DVD extras include a rejigged version of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” for the youngest set, and for kids of all ages a quiz on the story (with some multiple choice answers sure to coax a chuckle out of the adults), an explanation of the audio part of movie-making, a sing-a-long, and the recipe for Ooey Gooey Butter Cakes (but how much is a “a stick of butter, a box of sugar”?). The whole DVD, including bonus parts, runs 60 minutes.

The way this DVD teaches positive values while entertaining makes it the whole package for kids. It has me eyeing other titles in the series as gifts for the little people in my life.

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